By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
New Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians has admitted that Byron Leftwich will play the team’s calls during the 2019 season. Leftwich will serve as the Buccaneers Offensive Coordinator and Passing Game Coordinator.
This will be just the second organization he has worked for in his NFL coaching career. He worked for the Arizona Cardinals over the previous two seasons.
This move also reunites Leftwich with Arians, who was the Cardinals head coach, before announcing his retirement following the 2017 season.
Both of the Buccaneers Coordinators have previous ties to Arians. He also hired Todd Bowles as the team’s Defensive Coordinator, who was also on Arians staff with the Cardinals.
He was named the Cardinals Interim Offensive Coordinator on October 19th, 2018. He replaced Mike McCoy, who was fired earlier that day.
Then, on December 31st, 2018, Leftwich was fired by the Cardinals. That same day, the team fired former head coach Steve Wilks.
Leftwich was hired as the Cardinals Quarterbacks Coach on January 27th, 2017 and served in that position before his promotion to Interim Offensive Coordinator. In May 2016, Leftwich was brought on to the coaching staff as a coaching intern for training camp, where he worked with the quarterbacks.
Leftwich was the seventh overall pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2003 NFL Draft. He played four seasons with the Jaguars before signing with the Atlanta Falcons for the 2007 season.
He spent the 2008 season with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Then, he signed with the Buccaneers in 2009, before ending his career with the Steelers from 2010 through 2012.
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